Friday, August 17, 2018

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To All,
I hope that your week has been going well.
This day in Naval History
Aug. 16
1822—USS Grampus investigates and pursues a brig flying Spanish colors. When called upon to surrender, the privateer brig Palmyra from Puerto Rico fires cannon and musket fire. USS Grampus fires back on Palmyra's broadsides reducing Palmyra's rigging to a complete wreck, killing one and wounding six. The brig surrenders with a crew of 88, one long 18-pounder gun and eight 18-pound carronades.
1863—During the Civil War, three Union ships, USS Rhode Island, USS De Soto and USS Gertrude each capture steamers loaded with cargoes of turpentine, cotton, tobacco, coffee, cigars and dry goods from the Bahama Islands to the Gulf of Mexico to Cuba.
1864—During the Civil War, USS Saratoga, commanded by Cmdr. George Colvocoresses, captures 100 prisoners and a quantity of arms on a raid into McIntosh County, GA. Cmdr.
1944—USS Croaker (SS 246) sinks Japanese auxiliary minesweeper, Taito Maru.
1954—Operation Passage to Freedom begins. The operation transports refugees from Haiphong to Saigon, Vietnam.
1958—USS Seadragon (SSN 584) launches at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
1986—USS Nevada (SSBN 733) is commissioned at Groton, CT. The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine is the fourth named after the Silver State.
2009—USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9) is christened and launched at San Diego, CA. The Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship is named to honor Commodore Matthew C. Perry, who led the expedition to open trading between the West and Japan.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
News dominating today's national headlines are reports that President Trump has ordered former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance to be revoked, and the continued reporting on the grand jury report on the Catholic church leaders in Pennsylvania.  Seapower Magazine reports that the Navy will establish Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron 30 (VRM-30) on Oct. 1, the Navy's first squadron to operate the new CMV-22B Osprey tiltrotor transport aircraft. Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, met with NATO allies and partners during a visit to Varna, Bulgaria, and Constanta, Romania. "By building and maintaining the strong and strategic relationship between our two navies, we can deter regional adversaries from further aggression and signal to the world that our commitment to regional security is strong and enduring," said Franchetti. Additionally, the Washington Post reports that the sunken stern of the USS Abner Read has been discovered by maritime scientists.
Today in History August 16

Henry VIII of England and Emperor Maximilian defeat the French at Guinegatte, France, in the Battle of the Spurs.

France declares a state of bankruptcy.

American troops are badly defeated by the British at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina.

American General William Hull surrenders Detroit without resistance to a smaller British force under General Issac Brock.

U.S. President James Buchanan and Britain's Queen Victoria exchange messages inaugurating the first transatlantic telegraph line.

Union and Confederate forces clash near Fredericktown and Kirkville, Missouri.

Union General William S. Rosecrans moves his army south from Tullahoma, Tennessee to attack Confederate forces in Chattanooga.

Gold is discovered in the Klondike of Canada's Yukon Territory, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.

Liege, Belgium, falls to the German army.

Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright, who was taken prisoner by the Japanese on Corregidor on May 6, 1942, is released from a POW camp in Manchuria by U.S. troops.

The Watts riots end in south-central Los Angeles after six days.

Elvis Presley dies of a heart attack in the upstairs bedroom suite area of his Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.

The safe of the sunken ocean liner Andrea Doria is opened on TV after three decades, revealing cash and certificates but no other valuables.

Sudanese rebels shoot down a Sudanese Airways plane, killing 57 people.

Astrological alignment of sun, moon and six planets marks what believers maintain is the dawning of a New Age.

IBM introduces artificial intelligence software.

Iraq orders 2,500 Americans and 4,000 British nationals in Kuwait to Iraq, in the aftermath of Iraq's invasion of that country.

In South Africa police fire on striking mine workers, killing at least 34.
Thanks to Bill. I never knew the extent of this group. I thought they were only there to make the Germans think that Patton was going to go across the channel at the Pas de Calais
The Ghost army.
Interesting history
Early Vietnam Chronology from Admiral Cox
16 August 1954: In the wake of the Geneva Accords, which ended French involvement in Indochina, the  U.S. Navy began Operation Passage to Freedom. For nine months, 100 Navy and Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) ships transported nearly 300,000 North Vietnamese refugees from Haiphong to Saigon.
1 July 1960: Sixty officers and men are assigned to the Navy section of MAAG. The section would expand to 500 personnel by 1968.
1 January: U.S. Navy establishes SEAL teams. SEALs arrived at Danang in July as advisors in a pilot program. They trained coastal force commandoes and did hydrographic surveys of the South Vietnamese coast. The first SEAL combat casualty occurred on 19 August 1966.
February:  Edmonds (DE-406) and Walton (DE-361) replaced U.S. minesweepers patrolling along the 17th parallel.
8 February:  MACV established, with a U.S. Navy contingent on its staff.
19 February:  CNO authorized the formation of ten Seabee Technical Assistant Teams (STATs); two teams embarked for Vietnam. SEALS and STATS are part of the Navy's counterinsurgency program.
15 April:  Aircraft from Hancock (CVA-19) provided distant cover while 24 Marine Corps UH-34D Seahorses of HMM-362 flew from Princeton (LPH-5) to Soc Trang, South Vietnam.
May:  President Kennedy orders the Hancock carrier group and Bennington (CV-20) submarine hunter-killer group to a position off Danang following tensions in Laos.
1 July:  U.S. Navy activated Headquarters Support Activity, Saigon.  The command provided administrative and logistical services to all U.S. forces in Vietnam and distributed military supplies to the Vietnamese.
19 July:  The Navy's major schools began providing orientation courses in military, economic, political, social, and psychological aspects of Communist revolutionary warfare.
24 April:  At this point, 600 Naval officers and enlisted personnel were serving throughout South Vietnam.
February:  Operation 34A launched.
1 May:  The Viet Cong mined USNS Card, manned by MSTS, alongside a pier at Saigon.
19 May:  First Seventh Fleet flights from Yankee Station, reconnaissance over Laos.
2–4 August:  Gulf of Tonkin incidents occurred.
5 August:  In Operation Pierce Arrow, Constellation (CVA-64) and Ticonderoga (CV-14) aircraft bomb North Vietnamese patrol boat bases and oil depots in retaliation for Tonkin.  Twenty-eight enemy boats destroyed.  Lieutenant Junior Grade Everett Alvarez, Jr.'s A-4 Skyhawk is shot down and  he becomes the first naval aviator PoW (held for 8.5 years).  Lieutenant Junior Grade Richard C. Sather, piloting an A-1 Skyraider, became the first naval aviator to die in the conflict.
31 December:  More than 1,100 naval personnel in South Vietnam, with 600 at HQ Support Activity, Saigon.
6 February:  Viet Cong attack Pleiku Air Base. TF-77 was moved into position for retaliatory strikes.
7 February:  In Operation Flaming Dart I, 49 planes from Coral Sea (CVA-43) , Hancock, and Ranger (CVA-61) bomb North Vietnamese barracks and staging areas near Dong Hoi. President Johnson subsequently ordered Marines antiaircraft missile battalion to be deployed to Danang.
10–11 February:  In Operation Flaming Dart II, over 100 planes from Ranger, Coral Sea, and Hancock strike North Vietnamese barracks and staging areas at Cahn Hoa.
16 February:  A North Vietnamese steel-hulled trawler located at Vung Ro Bay in central Vietnam was found to be filled with arms and ammunition. This was evidence that large-scale resupply operations by sea to secret ports in South Vietnam were taking place and that a counter-operation was required. 
2 March:  Operation Rolling Thunder, an incrementally escalated joint  bombing campaign against North Vietnam, begins.
8 March:  The first amphibious landing of conflict: 3,500 Marines go ashore at Danang.
15 March:  Seventh Fleet initiates Operation Market Time. The U.S. Navy also launches the first non-retaliatory strike of war, in which pilots from Ranger and Hancock hit an ammunition depot at Phu Qui.
15 April:  Coral Sea and Midway (CV-41) aircraft conduct a strike against Viet Cong targets in South Vietnam.
16 May:  Henry W. Tucker (DD-875) fired the first naval gunfire-support mission since the  Korean War against Viet Cong positions near Thang Hai.
20 May:  Oriskany (CV-34), the first carrier to operate from Dixie Station, arrived off South Vietnam.
2 June:  Canberra (CA-70) became the first U.S. ship to fire 8-inch guns in combat since 1953.
20 June:  North Vietnamese MIG-17s attacked four piston-engine Navy Skyraiders from Midway. A Skyraider shot down one of the MIGs.
2 July:  A-6A Intruder attack aircraft arrived in-theater.
30 July:  Chief, Naval Advisory Group, Vietnam assumed command of Market Time from Seventh Fleet.
18 August:  In Operation Starlite, the first large-scale amphibious assault of the war, Seventh Fleet ships land Marines south of Chu Lai.
15 October:  Naval Support Activity (NSA) Danang activated.
2 December:  Enterprise (CVAN-65) launched 118 air sorties, marking the first time a nuclear-powered ship engaged in combat. Throughout the year, two carriers operated from Dixie, three from Yankee Station. TF-77 launched over 65,000 sorties. Naval gunfire-support ships fired more than 86,000 rounds in support of ground forces. At this time, more than 8,000 Navy and Coast Guardsmen were in-country; 24,000 Navy personnel were aboard ships operating off the coast.
15 March: River Squadron Five was activated to command Game Warden units.
1 April: Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Vietnam was established.
15 May: NSA Saigon was established to support Market Time and Game Warden.
6 August: Carrier strikes into South Vietnam were stopped, Dixie Station disestablished, and its carrier shifted to Yankee Station.
30 August: Navy UH-1B Seawolf helicopters began to support Game Warden.
1 September: River Assault Flotilla One was commissioned and would become the naval component of the Mobile Riverine Force (TF-117).
25 October: TF-77 initiated Operation Sea Dragon to interdict North Vietnamese vessels above the 17th parallel.
26 October:  Fire onboard Oriskany; 44 killed.
31 October: In a three-hour engagement, 65 Viet Cong rivercraft were sunk by Game Warden PBRs led by BM1 James Williams; he was subsequently awarded the Medal of Honor.
23 December: During Operation Sea Dragon, O'Brien (DD-725) became first Navy ship to take a direct hit from North Vietnamese shore batteries; 2 Sailors are killed, 4 wounded. 
31 December: At this time, over 23,500 Navy and Coastguardsmen are in-country and 36,000 Navy personnel manned the 55 Seventh Fleet ships off the Vietnamese coast.
7 January: The first units of the Mobile Riverine Force arrive at Vung Tau; operations commence by February.
February: Sea Dragon forces were now authorized to operate as far north as 20th parallel.
24 April: U.S. Navy and Air Force aircraft conduct the first strike against jet airfields in North Vietnam.
29 April:  Ponchatoula (AO-148) completed an eight-month deployment in which it set a record of 464 UNREPs.
May:  Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) aircraft penetrated the defenses of Hanoi and knock out an electrical power plant.
18 May:  In the Operation Beau Charger amphibious landing, 11 Sea Dragon ships joined other vessels ships near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) nominally dividing North and South Vietnam. The gunfire support provided was the greatest concentration of naval gunfire since the Korean War. Although successful, the realization of the need for naval gunfire to reach further inland launched the first steps toward re-commissioning New Jersey (BB-62). DoD officially announced plans to re-commission her on 1 August.
29 July:  Fire onboard Forrestal (CVA-59) fire; 135 killed.
August:  Oriskany aircraft shut down the Hanoi thermal power plant. Naval aviators also dropped the center span of the Lan Son rail and highway bridge, 8 miles from the Chinese border, and attacked the naval base at Van Hoa.
15 August:  Admiral James Russell (Ret.) convened the first meeting of the Aircraft Safety Review Panel to examine the actual and potential sources of fire and explosions on carriers.
29 August:  Dupont  had one Sailor killed and 40 wounded when a North Vietnamese shell struck the ship.
September:  Previously off-limits areas in the port of Haiphong, Hon Gai, and Cam Pha were hit by attack squadrons from Constellation, Oriskany, Coral Sea, and Intrepid (CV-11) .
4 September:  Navy carrier aircraft began the systematic destruction of all bridges leading out of Haiphong. The bulk of the weapons used in air operations were Navy-developed: Zuni, Bullpup, Sidewinder, Stardard ARM, and Walleye.
4 September:  Lieutenant Vincent Capodanno, CC, USN, was killed tending Marines in I Corps. He was the first chaplain to be awarded the Medal of Honor in Vietnam.
4 September:  The first traffic crossed Liberty Bridge south of Danang. The bridge, the longest in Vietnam, was constructed by Seabees of Mobile Construction Battalion Four.
25 September:  One Sailor killed by North Vietnamese fire onboard Mansfield near the DMZ.
25 October:  First year of Sea Dragon patrols ends; over 2,000 enemy supply craft were destroyed.
26 October:  Lieutenant Commander John McCain, flying an A-4 Skyhawk off Oriskany, was shot down over Hanoi.
4 December:  The Navy's newest attack aircraft, the A-7A Corsair II, flew its first combat mission over North Vietnam.
31 December:  To date, Market Time and Game Warden units detected 1,700,000 craft and inspected 1,200,000 of them throughout the year. There were 32,000 Navy and Coastguardsmen in-country and 36,000 personnel manning Seventh Fleet ships off the Vietnamese coast. A total of 77,000 combat and support sorties were flown.
Football Humor from Al
Football season is back.  Feel free to substitute the team names to satisfy your dislikes.
Submitted by John Hudson:
     Bubba went to Auburn on a football scholarship. He was a good running back, but a poor student.
     At graduation day, Bubba didn't have enough credits. But he was a great football star and the students held a rally and demanded the dean give him a diploma anyway. They were so insistent that the dean agreed if Bubba could answer one question correctly he would give him a diploma.
     The one question test was held in the auditorium and the students packed the place. It was standing room only.
     The dean was on the stage and told Bubba to come up. The dean had the diploma in his hand and said, "Bubba, if you can answer this question correctly I'll give you your diploma." Bubba said he was ready and the dean asked him the question. "Bubba," he said, "How much is three times seven?"
     Bubba looked up at the ceiling and then down at his shoes, just pondering the question. The students began chanting, "Graduate him anyway! Graduate him anyway!"
     Then Bubba held up his hand and the auditorium became silent. Bubba said, "I think I know the answer. Three times seven is twenty-one."
     A hush fell over the auditorium and the Auburn students began another chant. "Give him another chance! Give him another chance!"
Submitted by Jerry Norris:
"Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble the football"--John Heisman
"I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game." – Bear Bryant / Alabama
"It isn't necessary to see a good tackle, you can hear it!"--Knute Rockne / Notre Dame
"At Georgia Southern, we don't cheat. That costs money, and we don't have any." – Erik Russell / Georgia Southern
"The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it."-- Lou Holtz / Arkansas--Notre Dame
"When you win, nothing hurts."-- Joe Namath / Alabama
"A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall."-- Frank Leahy / Notre Dame
"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."-- Woody Hayes / Ohio State
"I don't expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation.  I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation."-- Bob Devaney / Nebraska
"In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn't believe in Bear Bryant."-- Wally Butts / Georgia
"I never graduated from Iowa.  But I was only there for two terms--Truman's and Eisenhower's."  –  Alex Karras / Iowa
"My advice to defensive players is to take the shortest route to the ball, and arrive in a bad humor."-- Bowden Wyatt / Tennessee
"I could have been a Rhodes Scholar except for my grades."--Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State
"I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn't recruit me."   He said, "Well, Walt, we took a look at you, and you weren't any good."-- Walt Garrison / Oklahoma State
"Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel."-- Bobby Bowden / Florida State
"Football is NOT a contact sport, it is a collision sport.  Dancing IS a contact sport."-- Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State
After USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his post-game message to his team was, "All those who need showers, take them."-- John McKay / USC
"If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great education."-- Murray Warmath / Minnesota
"The only qualifications for a lineman are to be big and dumb.  To be a back, you only have to be dumb."-- Knute Rockne / Notre Dame
"We live one day at a time and scratch where it itches."-- Darrell Royal / Texas
"We didn't tackle well today, but we made up for it by not blocking."-- John McKay / USC
"I've found that prayers work best when you have big players."-- Knute Rockne / Notre Dame
Ohio State 's Urban Meyer on one of his players: "He doesn't know the meaning of the word fear. In fact, I just saw his grades and he doesn't know the meaning of a lot of words."
Why do Tennessee fans wear orange? So they can dress that way for the game on Saturday, go hunting on Sunday, and pick up trash on Monday.
What does the average Alabama player get on his SATs? Drool.
How many Michigan State freshmen football players does it take to change a light bulb? None. That's a sophomore course.
How did the Auburn football player die from drinking milk? The cow fell on him.
Two Texas A&M football players were walking in the woods. One of them said, "Look, a dead bird." The other looked up in the sky and said, "Where?"
What do you say to a Florida State University football player dressed in a three-piece suit?  "Will the defendant please rise."
If three Rutgers football players are in the same car, who is driving? The police officer.
How can you tell if a Clemson football player has a girlfriend? There's tobacco juice on both sides of the pickup truck.
What do you get when you put 32 Arkansas cheerleaders in one room? A full set of teeth.
University of Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh is only going to dress half of his players for the game this week; the other half will have to dress themselves.
How is the Kansas football team like an opossum? They play dead at home and get killed on the road.
Why did the Nebraska linebacker steal a police car? He saw "911" on the side and thought it was a Porsche.
How do you get a former Illinois football player off your porch? Pay him for the pizza.
Submitted by Skip Leonard:
"The only difference between me and General Custer is that I have to watch the films on Sunday."--Rick Venturi, Northwestern football coach
 "Coach Tom Landry is such a perfectionist that if he was married to Raquel Welch, he'd expect her to cook!"--Don Meredith, Dallas Cowboys Quarterback
"My knees look like they lost a knife fight with a midget."--E.J. Holub, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker regarding his 12 knee operations
"I don't know. I only played there for nine years."--Walt Garrison, Dallas Cowboys fullback when asked if Tom Landry ever smiles
"The film looks suspiciously like the game itself."--Bum Phillips, New Orleans Saints, after viewing a lopsided loss to the Atlanta Falcons
"Because if it didn't work out, I didn't want to blow the whole day."--Paul Horning, Green Bay Packers running back on why his marriage ceremony was before noon.
 "I have a lifetime contract. That means I can't be fired during the third quarter if we're ahead and moving the ball."--Lou Holtz , Arkansas football coach
"I won't know until my barber tells me on Monday."--Knute Rockne, when asked why Notre Dame had lost a game
"Our biggest concern this season will be diaper rash."--George MacIntyre, Vanderbilt football coach surveying the team roster that included 26 freshmen and 25 sophomores.
More quotes:
"Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, Beat Texas."--Seen on a church sign in Arkansas prior to the 1969 game.
"After you retire, there's only one big event left....and I ain't ready for that."--Bobby Bowden, Florida State
"The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it."--Lou Holtz, Arkansas
"Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated."--Lou Holtz, Arkansas
"If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password, Roll, tide, roll!"--Bear Bryant, Alabama
"A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall."--Frank Leahy, Notre Dame
"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."--Woody Hayes, Ohio State
"You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life."--Paul Dietzel, LSU
"It's kind of hard to rally around a math class."--Bear Bryant, Alabama
When asked if Fayetteville was the end of the world.  "No, but you can see it from here."--Lou Holtz, Arkansas...
"I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game."--Bear Bryant, Alabama
"There's one sure way to stop us from scoring-give us the ball near the goal line."--Matty Bell, SMU
"Lads, you're not to miss practice unless your parents died or you died."--Frank Leahy, Notre Dame
"Always remember ... Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David."--Shug Jordan, Auburn
"They cut us up like boarding house pie. And that's real small pieces."--Darrell Royal, Texas
"Show me a good and gracious loser, and I'll show you a failure."--Knute Rockne, Notre Dame
"They whipped us like a tied up goat."--Spike Dykes, Texas Tech
"I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn't recruit me and he said:  'Well, Walt, we took a look at you and you weren't any good.'"--Walt Garrison, Oklahoma State
"Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel."--Bobby Bowden, Florida State
"Oh, we played about like three tons of buzzard puke this afternoon."--Spike Dykes, Texas Tech
"It isn't necessary to see a good tackle. You can hear it."--Knute Rockne, Notre Dame
"Three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad."--Darrell Royal, University of Texas
Item Number:1 Date: 08/16/2018 AFGHANISTAN - GUNMEN ATTACK INTELLIGENCE TRAINING CENTER IN KABUL (AUG 16/TN)  TOLONEWS -- An unknown number of gunmen have attacked a training center in Kabul, reports the Tolo News (Afghanistan).   On Thursday, attackers opened fire on the building in the Qala-e-Wazir area of the city and took refuge inside, said a police spokesman.   The center was on the grounds of the National Security Directorate, Afghanistan's intelligence service, reported Deutsche Welle.   Police cordoned off the area and were working to expel the fighters, the spokesman said.   At least four suicide bombers were involved in the assaults, said interior ministry officials cited by the Voice of America News. One successfully set off his explosives and three were killed in fighting with security forces, the officials said. Three security personnel were injured.   There were no immediate claims of responsibility.   The attack comes less than a day after a suicide bomber attacked an education center in the western part of the capital.   Thirty-seven people, mostly school-aged children, were killed in the attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS). Dozens were injured, reported CNN.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 08/16/2018 AFGHANISTAN - MORE THAN 220 MILITANTS DIE IN U.S. AIRSTRIKES IN GHAZNI (AUG 16/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- U.S. airstrikes in support of Afghan security forces in Ghazni killed more than 220 Taliban fighters, according to U.S.-led coalition officials cited by   The Taliban launched a major attack on the city, located less than 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Kabul, on Aug. 10. Fighting lasted for several days   U.S. fighter jets and helicopter gunships conducted an initial strike on Aug. 10, followed by five airstrikes on Aug. 11; 16 on Aug. 12; and 10 on Aug. 13, a U.S. Forces-Afghanistan spokesman said on Tuesday.   Afghan forces had driven most of the Taliban fighters out of Ghazni, the spokesman said. Ghazni remained under government control.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 08/16/2018 ALGERIA - TROOPS PATROL BORDER WITH TUNISIA AFTER REPORTS OF TERRORIST INFILTRATION (AUG 16/MEM)  MIDDLE EAST MONITOR -- Algerian troops have increased their presence along the border with Tunisia in response to suspected terrorists entering the country, reports the Middle East Monitor (London).   Activity is concentrated in the provinces of El-Tarf, Souk Ahras, Tebessa and El-Oued in northeastern Algeria, the Algerian news website El-Bilad reported on Wednesday.   The troops are following reports of a potential terrorist infiltration in the area after the air force detected suspicious movements.   Soldiers are also sweeping the arid and mountainous regions for hideouts and arms caches that could be used by terrorists or drug-traffickers, sources told the website.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 08/16/2018 BANGLADESH - CONTROVERSIAL COURT HANDS DOWN 5 DEATH SENTENCES FOR CRIMES DURING 1971 WAR (AUG 16/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- A Bangladeshi court has sentenced five men to death following their conviction of war crimes committed during the country's 1971 war for independence from Pakistan, reports Turkey's Anadolu Agency.   The International Crimes Tribunal handed down its sentence on Monday.   The men were accused of crimes that included murder, torture and rape during the war, reported the Assam Sentinel.   The suspects had pleaded not guilty. Their lawyer said that his clients were denied justice and vowed to appeal the ruling.   Bangladesh set up the International Crimes Tribunal in 2009 to investigate crimes committed during the 1971 war for independence. The court is domestic and operates with the confines of Bangladeshi law.   Critics say that the court has been used by the government of Sheika Hassina to punish political opponents.   Human rights groups have criticized the ICT, saying that it does not meet international standards of fairness.  
Item Number:8 Date: 08/16/2018 IRAQ - TURKISH AIRSTRIKES KILL PKK LEADER IN SINJAR (AUG 16/RUDAW)  RUDAW -- Turkish airstrikes have killed a local leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Iraqi Kurdistan, reports Rudaw (Iraqi Kurdistan).   On Wednesday, Turkish warplanes struck positions in Sinjar belonging to the Shingal (Sinjar) Protection Units (YBS), an affiliate of the PKK.   YBS leader Ismail Ozden, also known as Zaki Shingali, was killed in the attack, said a former YBS fighter. Four YBS fighters were killed and Haval Mazlum, the commander of the YBS in Sinjar, was injured.   The target of the attack was not immediately clear. A local mayor told the news agency that the strikes hit a YBS checkpoint in the area. A peshmerga commander said that the planes struck a YBS convoy.   YBS is affiliated with the PKK, which Turkey and the United States consider a terrorist group. YBS says it only recruits local Yazidi fighters to protect areas of Iraqi Kurdistan
  Item Number:9 Date: 08/16/2018 ISRAEL - DETAILS OF CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT WITH HAMAS EMERGE (AUG 16/HA)  HAARETZ -- Details are emerging of cease-fire agreement negotiated by the Israeli government and Hamas to stop an escalating cycle of violence, reports Haaretz (Israel).   The cease-fire entered effected on Wednesday after it was approved by the Israeli security cabinet. It is based on principles agreed to by the sides after fighting in 2014, including lifting restrictions on the Kerem Shalom commercial border crossing and Gaza fishing areas and the rehabilitation of Gazan infrastructure.   The deal reportedly includes a one-year cease-fire, the opening of a shipping route between the Gaza Strip and Cyprus -- to be supervised by Israel -- and fuel subsidies paid for by Qatar, according to the Hezbollah-affiliated Al Mayadeen television channel .   Qatar also agreed to pay the salaries of Hamas officials.   Details of the potential agreement come after the Arabic-language Al Hayat (London) reported that the head of Egypt's General Intelligence Directorate visited Tel Aviv on Wednesday.   Abbas Kamel came to discuss the final details of the agreement and secure plans for humanitarian relief in Gaza, said Palestinian sources.   Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly refused to meet with Kamel because the accord does not include plans to give the PA control of Gaza.   The PA fears the deal could bypass the provisional government and undermine its power.   Meetings are ongoing in Cairo between the Egyptian government and Palestinian groups. Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad arrived for talks on Tuesday. Representatives of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine are expected to arrive on Thursday, reported the Jerusalem Post
  Item Number:11 Date: 08/16/2018 MEXICO - NEW JOINT OPERATION BODY ESTABLISHED WITH U.S. TO COORDINATE ANTI-CARTEL EFFORTS (AUG 16/REU)  REUTERS -- Mexican and U.S. law enforcement bodies have agreed to establish a joint team to coordinate action against drug cartels and their leaders, reports Reuters.   The new center will be based in Chicago and include contributions from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Mexican law enforcement that specializes in investigating federal crimes.   The partnership aims to target cartels operating on both sides of the border, coordinating efforts to maximize pressure. The effort will include measures targeting financing, said a DEA official.   Mexico remains the main route for cocaine entering the U.S. and has become the top source for heroin.   The move comes four months before president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is sworn in as Mexico's president.   Lopez Obrador has said he will change Mexico's strategy of fighting cartels to focus on a negotiated peace rather than arrests and firepower.   Alfonso Durazo, who is expected to be the next security minister, has promised that the administration will review all cooperation agreements
  Item Number:14 Date: 08/16/2018 SYRIA - U.S.-LED COALITION DELIVERS WEAPONS, MILITARY EQUIPMENT TO SDF, MONITOR SAYS (AUG 16/AL-MASDAR)  AL-MASDAR NEWS -- A U.S.-led coalition convoy has delivered weapons and other military hardware to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the eastern Deir Ezzor province, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as cited by Al-Masdar News, which is sympathetic to the government in Damascus.   Some 250 trucks arrived in Deir Ezzor on Wednesday, said the observatory.   The supplies come as the U.S.-led coalition has been expanding its military facilities in Syria, said the monitoring organization.   The move comes despite President Trump's statement earlier this year that he wanted to withdraw U.S. forces in Syria
Item Number:15 Date: 08/16/2018 USA - CONCERNS EXPRESSED OVER UNUSUAL RUSSIAN SATELLITE (AUG 16/EPOCH)  EPOCH TIMES -- Top U.S. officials have expressed concern about Russia's potential pursuit of new space weapons, reports the Epoch Times (New York City).   In October 2017, Russia launched a space object, which it said is a "space apparatus inspector." It has been behaving unlike any other object with a similar purpose, including other Russian systems, Yleem Poblete, the assistant secretary of the U.S. Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, said on Thursday at a conference in Geneva, Switzerland.   Its behavior on orbit has raised concerns among U.S. officials, Poblete said. There is no way to verify what the object is, she said.   "Russian intentions with respect to this satellite are unclear and are obviously a very troubling development -- particularly when considered in concert with statements by Russia's space force commander, who highlighted that 'assimilat[ing] new prototypes of weapons [into] space forces' military units' is a main task facing the aerospace forces space troops," said Poblete, as quoted by   Russian diplomats dismissed the remarks as "unfounded" and "slanderous."   U.S. defense officials have warned that Washington's space dominance is coming under threat.   In February 2017, Russia announced plans to develop an anti-satellite missile.   Earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled six major offensive weapons including the Peresvet military mobile laser system, which is designed to destroy satellites in space.   The announcements contradict previous commitments, which raises concerns that the Russian actions do not match their words, Poblete said.   China's disarmament ambassador Fu Cong called for substantive discussions on outer space.

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